As I was weeding today, I noticed these flowers in my garden.
In spring I threw out a packet of meadow seeds and watered them regularly until they emerged. The packet contained mixed seed. Mostly the poppies seem to to be outnumbering everything else. I found an old sunflower that I had kept and edged the plot with its seeds. In hindsight, that was dumb because the sunflowers hide the poppies and all the rest. So in the midst of the garden these had established a home for themselves.
Val loves these really colorful Peruvian lilies, More correctly they are Alstroemeria, a genus of flowering plants in the family Alstroemeriaceae. They are also known as Lily of the Incas. These photos were taken just as the rain started.
Today I visited a lovely garden in Cohuna, a nearby town. In a corner I noticed a tiny flash of red. Val informed me I was looking at a Queensland firewheel tree, Stenocarpus Sinuatis. It was growing a very long way from Queensland, and certainly not anywhere near a rainforest. I was taken by what was remaining of the firewheel flower. The flower, as its name suggests is shaped like a wheel.
For some reason these pics remind me of a spider dangling on a web string. I feel a little uncomfortable. If you search up a pic of the tree actually flowering, (click here) it looks very different when there are lots more wheels,
I also thought the seeds were worthy of a photo. I was all for bringing a few back home and trying to raise them in my glasshouse until Val said it takes a very long time, at least 7 years, before a tree produces any flowers.
I will have to remember to go back and get a photo when the tree has more flowers next year.
I have a new zoom lens for my camera that I haven’t mastered yet. These were taken as I was wandering around my garden.
Just when I was learning to lower the f stop to blur the background, I was surprised that the first two photos were f/13. I like the softness of these two photos. The background blurs out.
The lens is so heavy. My arms ache. I’m starting to build up my muscle strength by carrying it around. There was a little camera shake, but I really tried to stay still. I’m also learning it pays to drag the tripod along with me too!